Finding Joy in Nature: Hike, Swim & Explore
With Alyssa Murdoch and Breanne Kemp
May 22 - 26, 2024
Embark on a journey with Alyssa and Breanne to connect with your love of the outdoors and uncover your innate Naturalist spirit. Finding Joy in Nature beckons you to explore the enchanting landscapes of Cortes Island and immerse yourself in diverse ecosystems of conifer forests, rugged ocean shorelines, pristine lakes, lagoons, and bluffs. Join us as we hike, swim and explore the natural world with joy and curiosity as our guide. Let’s share knowledge in our collective passion for the natural world and learn from each other in a collaborative space of nature enthusiasts. Together we will reinvigorate our profound connection with the natural environment that surrounds us.
Extended Hiking Adventures: Unleash your curiosity as you embark on 2-6 hour hiking excursions through picturesque trails. Traverse steep and technical paths, encountering challenges that will connect you with the untamed beauty of Cortes Island.
Swimming and Cold Dipping: For water and swimming enthusiasts, seize the opportunity to swim or cold dip in the island’s refreshing waters. Whether it’s in the pristine freshwater of Hague Lake or the rich saltiness of Manson’s Lagoon. Let’s connect with the elements and experience the joy of embracing nature in its purest forms.
Naturalist Exploration: Awaken the naturalist within you! Engage in observation and reflection as you explore tidepools, identify flora and fauna, and immerse yourself in the intricate ecosystems that make Cortes Island a haven for nature enthusiasts. We invite you to bring your favourite field guides and phone apps (such as iNaturalist and Merlin) as we explore and observe the landscape together. Let’s learn from each other and nourish the curiosity that resides in each of us.
- Steep/Technical Trails: Be prepared for challenging terrain featuring large metal ladders, ropes to aid in navigating steep rocks, and trails with roots, rocks, gravel, wooden bridges and metal boardwalks. Our experienced guides are committed to providing a journey that is both safe and exhilarating.
- Packing List: Equip yourself for the adventure with essentials such as a backpack, water, a towel, a packed lunch prepared by Hollyhock, field guides/identification books, and a journal/nature journal. Prepare to carry your day pack and any additional gear you may need for an extended exploration.
Find Joy in Nature and let Cortes Island be the canvas for your journey of exploration, joy, and connection with the natural world.
Only 12 spots are available in this program. Book now to secure your space!
A detailed schedule will be available at least 2 weeks in advance of the program. View sample schedule here.
Alyssa Murdoch demonstrates a profound love and connection with the outdoors and the environment that surrounds her, a sentiment that has helped shape her path in life. Having studied forestry and ecology at BCIT, she blends her academic knowledge with a hands-on commitment to the natural world. In her professional…
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Breanne Kemp has a background in Environmental Sciences and a passion for the natural world. Former lifeguard, swimming instructor and competitive swimmer, Breanne grew up in and around the water. Ontario cottage country is where she felt most at home, and after working as an Executive Assistant for much of…
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